Both the Conservative MP for Harborough Edward Garnier (Solicitor General, no less) and Liberal Democrat councillors in Market Harborough are campaigning against closure of the town's magistrates court.
Are they all supporting spending cuts at a national level and opposing them locally?
There is something of that, certainly. But I think there is more to it than that.
As far the coalition has a shared ideology, it is a scepticism about big, centralised solutions. So it is legitimate to ask whether moving every trial to Leicester will save money and whether doing so will meet the need for justice to be seen to be done.
My former headmaster did famously fall asleep on the Bench at Harborough court once, but I still support local justice for local people.